Friday, August 31, 2012

Song of the Day: "Find My Way Back" (Jaheim)

"Find My Way Back" - Jaheim
  • Writers: Miguel Jontel, Carvin Haggins, Ivan Barias, Curt Chambers and Jaheim
  • Producers: Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Carvin "Ransum" Haggins
  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Released in 2010 from "Another Round"
  • Peaked at #12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Set: "SummerStage" (Tamia)

Tamia released her latest release "Beautiful Surprise" earlier this week and a few weeks ago, the Grammy-nominated songstress performed at SummerStage at Springfield Park in Queens, NYC offering a sublime set filled with classic hits and new joints including her country take of "Still," "Beautiful Surprise," and "Can't Get Enough." Peep this two part set that a fan caught of Tamia below and go cop her new album "Beautiful Surprise," which is in stores now!

Live Audio: "Complicated" (Mateo)

Before Mateo linked up with Krucial Key and Interscope, he was signed to Myspace Records and recorded a live EP entitled "Live at Swing House." On the album, Mateo performed numerous of his songs live including the mid-tempo "Complicated," which showcases both Mateo's vocals and his piano skill. Take a listen below to him performing "Complicated" and Enjoy!

Preview: "Girl on Fire" (Alicia Keys)

To help build buzz for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in addition to Alicia Keys' anticipated title-track and lead single "Girl on Fire," Ms. Keys has partnered up with MTV for a commercial spot to help promote her debut performance of "Girl on Fire." Peep the preview below and lookout for the single when it hits digital retailers this Tuesday, September 4th, just ahead of her debut performance at the VMAs on the 6th!

Amazing Cover: "Your Precious Love" (D'Angelo & Erykah Badu)

Take a listen to D'Angelo and Erykah Badu's sublime cover of the Marvin Gaye and Tammie Terrell classic "Your Precious Love." Written by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, D'Angelo and Badu's cover of "Your Precious Love" is a great reinterpretation and was featured on the "High School High" soundtrack back in 1996. Listen below to their smooth duet and Enjoy!

New Video: "Lover" (PJ Morton featuring Lil Wayne)

PJ Morton's Lil Wayne assisted single "Lover" just recently received the official visual treatment and now luckily for fans and casual listeners the official video for "Lover" was released yesterday. With that said, peep the drama-filled video below and lookout for more music from Morton later this year!

Single Cover: "Girl on Fire" (Alicia Keys)

With a fresh new cut and a "new sound,"Alicia Keys' single cover for her forthcoming single "Girl On Fire" is sure to turn some heads. While the track is the first official single listed as the title track to Keys' forthcoming November 27th LP, "Girl on Fire" is slated to hit digital retailers on September 4th, just two days ahead of her debut performance of "Girl on Fire" at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6th. Peep the single cover above and lookout for "Girl on Fire" when it's released this Tuesday!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "This May Be" (Timothy Bloom)

Timothy Bloom dropped "The Budding Rose EP" back in March of 2011 and since it dropped, the buzz for Bloom had been growing, especially since the visual for "'til The End Of Time" hit. With that said, Bloom then went onto tour with Ledisi during her then first headlining tour and one of the joints off of his EP and which he'd been performing was "This May Be." Sonically different from his buzz single,"This May Be" shows the diversity in Blooms work and really has my interests peaked as to what a full length album from him will sound like. Either way you feel, check out Bloom performing "This May Be" below as we all await more new music from the budding crooner!

Song of the Day: "I Look To You" (Whitney Houston)

"I Look To You" - Whitney Houston
  • Writer: Robert Kelly
  • Producers: Harvey Mason, Jr., Tricky Stewart
  • Record Label: Arista
  • "I Look To You" was released in 2009 from "I Look To You."
  • It peaked at #19 on the U.S. Billboard R&B/ Hip-Hop Charts

Second Listen: "Fake" (Alexander O'Neal)

Back in 1987, Alexander O'Neal released his biggest hits to date which was the infectious thumping joint "Fake." Peaking at number one on the R&B charts"Fake," which was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis helped spur sales of O'Neal's sophomore album "Hearsay" and would make him an international star. With that said, take a listen to the old-school jam "Fake" from Alexander O'Neal and Enjoy!

Album Cover: "Two Eleven" (Brandy)

Brandy's forthcoming album "Two Eleven" is still slated for an October 16th release date and now her upcoming album has received the official album cover treatment as the standard and deluxe (below) edition of the album cover for "Two Eleven" have hit the net. Peep the album covers above and below and lookout for her new album when it's released on October 16th!

Live Audio: "The Payback" (James Brown)

Take a listen below to James Brown wailing on his classic "The Payback" from 1974. The Godfather of Soul is of course bringing the soul and funk in this live audio which was lifted from a special recording from one of Brown's numerous appearance at the Apollo back in 1974. Check it out below and let your ears and body soak up the soul on this one. Listen to "The Payback" below and Enjoy!

Mashup: "Gotta Get: Closer" (Maxwell)

Below you will find Maxwell's sublime mashup of his joint "Gotta Get" and the Nine Inch Nails joint "Closer." Maxwell intertwines these two a brilliantly and crafts a solid musical opus. With that said, take a listen below to "Gotta Get: Closer" and let Maxwell's silky smooth vocals take you to a better place!

Interview: Tamia

Tamia's new album "Beautiful Surprised" was released this past Tuesday and ThisisRnB recently caught up with the famed songstress to open up about her new album "Beautiful Surprise," working with Claude Kelly, what resonates more with her on this record - the lyrics or melody, her move from a major label to running her own independent one, as well as how her hit single "Stranger In My House" came about. Peep the interview below and if you haven't checked out her new album "Beautiful Surprise," it's worth a listen or two.

Preview: "Anderson Live" with Beyonce (Beyonce)

Anderson Cooper is relaunching his talkshow on September 10th and to help build more interest in his Emmy nominated show, Cooper is changing the format to a live one with the assistance of 16 time Grammy-winner Beyonce. With that said, peep the official preview for "Anderson Live," which features Beyonce and lookout for their interview September 10th!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Album Cover: "Kaleidoscope Dream" (Miguel)

Miguel's forthcoming sophomore album "Kaleidoscope Dream" is slated for released on October 2nd and to help build buzz for its upcoming release, Miguel has been releasing mini EPs filled several tracks from his highly anticipated sophomore release. With that said, Miguel has just released the official album cover for "Kaleidoscope Dream" and you can peep it below in addition to the official tracklisting for "Kaleidoscope Dream."

Kaleidoscope Dream Tracklisting:

1. "Adorn"
2. "Don’t Look Back"
3. "Use Me"
4. "Do You…"
5. "Kaleidoscope Dream"
6. "The Thrill"
7. "How Many Drinks?"
8. "Where’s the Fun in Forever?"
9. "Arch & Point"
10. "Pussy Is Mine"
11. "Candle in the Sun"

Live Video of the Day: "Cause I Love You" (Lenny Williams)

Every once in a while there comes a long a classic song that will forever live on and sometimes even eclipse's the artist who crafted the tune. In my opinion, Lenny William's sublime "Cause I Love You" is one of those exemplary classics and what makes him and this song even better is that his live rendition is even better then his phenomenal recorded opus. With that said, watch Lenny croon it out below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Are We Breaking Up" (Joe Simon)

Grammy Award winner Joe Simon is noted as being one of the major male artists in R&B/Soul music during the late 60s through the 70s and while he eventually decided to retire from R&B and dedicate his vocal prowess to Gospel music, the last single of Simon's to chart is the emotional ballad "Are We Breaking Up." While I am sure this will be a first listen for many, this song warrants to become a second or third listen. With that said, take a listen to the 1981 gem below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Every Little Step" (Bobby Brown)

"Every Little Step" - Bobby Brown
  • Writers & Producers: L.A. Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1989 "Don't Be Cruel"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart

New Video: "Wild N' Faith" (Dawn Richard)

Dawn Richard is back with a high-fashion warrior video for her joints "Faith" and "Wild N' Young" for the mashup visual "Wild N' Faith." Lifted as the third and final official video from her EP "Armor On," "Wild N' Faith" si a solid visual effort that will certainly help build buzz and anticipation for her upcoming solo debut album "Goldenheart," which is the first album in her upcoming trilogy, due October 16. Peep the video for "Wild N' Faith" below and Enjoy!

Remix: Wanna Be Where You Are (J.Period String Remix)"

In honor MJ’s birthday, J.Period pays tribute with the exclusive single release of "Wanna Be Where You Are (J.Period String Remix)", featuring previously unreleased (and never-before-heard) vocal takes from a young Michael -- clearly in his prime -- plus new orchestral arrangements by J.Period. The track is the latest release in J.Period’s "Man or The Music" Collection, a series of MJ Tributes released as part of Spike Lee’s annual “BK Loves MJ” event series in Brooklyn. MJ fans are invited to stream the track here or download from J.Period’s new Facebook fan page:

Preview: "Mary Mary" Season 2 (Mary Mary)

WeTV's breakout hit "Mary Mary" is coming back for a second season and to help billed buzz for the upcoming season, WeTV has released a preview of Mary Mary's forthcoming season. Peep the sneak peak of "Mary Mary" and lookout for the second season soon!

Playback: "Put It Down" (Brandy featuring Chris Brown)

Bandy's lead single from "Two Eleven," "Put It Down" is definitely a grower at radio and on the charts as she just recently cracked into the Hot 100 with her Chris Brown assisted single even though it had been released for a minute. With that said, with my first few listens, I wasn't totally feeling the joint either but Brandy won me over with this joint a few months ago and just did the same thing with my close friend who won't stop singing Brandy's latest hit.  With that said, Brandy's "Put It Down" deserves a playback for those who might've missed appreciating this joint the first time they heard it. Take a playback of "Put It Down" below as we await the release of Brandy's highly anticipated "Two Eleven."

Live Audio: "Vision Of Love" (Mariah Carey)

Back in 1990, Mariah Carey made a promotional appearance on SNL to promote her debut album "Mariah Carey." During a rehearsal, fans were lucky enough to get this live audio of the vocal diva warming up her pipes on her classic and first number 1 hit "Vision Of Love." Take a listen to this live audio of Mariah practicing below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "My Funny Valentine" (Ledisi)

I've posted Ledisi's aw inspiring rendition of the jazz standard "My Funny Valentine" quite a few times but it never gets old to me and I often find even more intricate and phenomenal vocal techniques from Ledisi every time I view her sublime cover. With that said, below you will find a video of her covering the icon song during "Soul of Rogers" a few years back and in true Ledisi fashion she knocks this song out the park and beyond. Ledisi is truly a rare talent who can literally cross over to any genre of music and own it with the same conviction that we've become accustom to hearing from her all this years. Therefore, watch Ledisi nail her performance of "My Funny Valentine" below and Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Joint: "Obey" (Dwele)

Dwele's new album "Greater Than One" was released today and his standout LP features a lot of new joints but one of the highlights from the set for me has to be his smooth joint "Obey." With that said, take a listen below to "Obey" and if you don't have Dwele's new album, I would go out and cop it as Detroit's own has really put together a solid collection on this LP!

Live Video of the Day: "I Want You Back" (Janelle Monáe)

This past weekend Janelle Monáe joined the eighth annual Afro Punk Festival and offered up a sublime set that included an infectious, energy charged performance of the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back." Peep her performance below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "One Hundred Ways" (James Ingram)

James Ingram's "One Hundred Ways" is one of those two-step joints that just brings a smile to your face anytime you hear it for the first time in a while. Lifted from Quincy Jones' album "The Dude," "One Hundred Ways" proved to be the launching pad for Ingram's career and would earn him the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. With that said, take a second listen below to the smooth joint from Ingram and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "The Tracks of My Tears" (The Miracles)

"The Tracks of My Tears" - The Miracles
  • Writers: William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr., Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin
  • Producer: Smokey Robinson
  • Record Label: Tamla
  • Released in 1965 from "Going to a Go-Go"
  • Peaked at #2 hit on the R&B singles chart, and  #16 on the Billboard Hot 100

Amazing Cover: "Lego House" (StooShe)

UK trio StooShe are making waves in their home country and the group recently performed a sublime acoustic cover of the Ed Sheeran hit "Lego House." Though I am not too familiar with StooShe, these three girls have a great vocal blend that works well for their cover of "Lego House." Watch their phenomenal cover below and Enjoy!

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Playback: "You & I" (Avant featuring Keke Wyatt)

I know I posted Avant and Keke Wyatt's duet "You & I" on here yesterday, but Keke's run from 2:39 - 2:41 mandates a playback in its own right cause this girl can SANG! With that said, take a listen below to Avant and Keke Wyatt's collaboration on "You & I"  and lookout for Avant's forthcoming LP "Face The Music," when it's released at the top of 2013!

TV Rewind: "R&B Divas" Episode 2

TV One's breakout hit "R&B Divas" was back last night for its second episode starring Faith Evans, Monifah, Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson, and Nicci Gilbert and while fans enjoy the show for a variety of reason, I like to tune in to hear these powerhouse singer belt it out at the drop of a dime. With that said, peep the second episode of "R&B Divas" below and Enjoy!

Artist News: Frank Ocean set to perform on VMAs and SNL

Frank Ocean's debut album "channel ORANGE" is one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2012 thus far and along with all the buzz from the album and Ocean as an artist, the famed crooner has nabbed a performance slot at both this year's MTV "VMAs" as well as on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." While Ocean is nominated for Best New Artist, Best Male Video and Best Direction at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, he is now set to take the stage September 6th live at the Staples Center in Downtown LA. Following his VMA's performance Frank Ocean is now also slated to perform on SNL's 38th season opener episode on September 15th. As always, stay here and I'll keep you posted on these performance and more news from Frank Ocean.

Mixtape: "Dark Side Of The Mic" (Dwele)

While Dwele's new album "Greater Than One" is in stores now and the famed Detroit crooner has also recently released a new mixtape to help warm-up our ears into excepting his latest LP. Entitled "Dark Side Of The Mic," the seven track mixtape offers all new material from Dwele and is a sublime free joint to cop in addition to his new album "Greater Than One." Take a listen below to "Dark Side Of The Mic" and if you like what you hear, download your free copy here.

Behind the Scenes: "Put It Down" Video Shoot Pt. 2 (Brandy)

Brandy is back with yet another behind the scenes look at her recently released Hype Williams directed video for "Put It Down."While the Grammy-winning songstress has already released the second single from her forthcoming "Two Eleven" project, "Put It Down" is really growing at radio now thanks to the video and you can grab another peep of Brandy grinding on the set of "Put It Down" below!

New Joint: "Special Delivery" (Bridget Kelly)

Roc Nation's Bridget Kelly is back with a new joint "Special Delivery." Having previously previewed her smooth mid-tempo at the ESSENCE Music Festival in NOLA during the fourth of July weekend, fans and casual listeners of Kelly's can now be blessed to hear the recorded rendition of "Special Delivery. Take a listen below to her solid new joint and lookout for more music from Bridget Kelly later this year!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Album Cover: "Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview" (Miguel)

Miguel's second of three EPs entitled "Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview," is slated for digital released on September 11th and while he released "Kaleidoscope Dream: The Water Preview," last month with his LP's lead single "Adron," Miguel is back with this black-and-white cover for "Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview. Peep the official EP cover above and lookout for his full-length LP  "Kaleidoscope Dream," when it's released October 2nd with production from Jerry Wonda, Salaam Remi, and Pop & Oak.

Song of the Day: "Come and Talk to Me" (Jodeci)

"Come and Talk to Me" - Jodeci
  • Writers: Al B Sure & DeVante Swing
  • Producers: Al B Sure and DeVante Swing
  • Record Label: Uptown/MCA
  • Released in 1992 from "Forever My Lady"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles